ac·​a·​de·​mia | \ ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə \

Definition of academia

: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe scientists in industry and academia a career in academia

Examples of academia in a Sentence

She found the business world very different from academia.

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Sagittarius: Sagittarius comes in seventh place, which is a bit of a shock considered how the centaur sign loves all things academia and also enjoy being in the spotlight. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Which Zodiac Sign Has the Most Nobel Prize Winners? The Answer May Surprise You, Unless You're a Gemini," 27 Aug. 2018 Second, industry and academia must continue the momentum in building awareness of directed energy’s capabilities, which supports decision-makers in advocating on behalf of warfighters. Henry Obering Iii, Fortune, "I Used to Direct the Missile Defense Agency. America Needs New Weapons," 5 July 2018 The Globe reviewed Warren’s hiring records in a broad investigation that included more than 100 interviews, and found no evidence that her heritage played a part in her rise in legal academia. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren releases her DNA test results and dares Trump to make good on his $1 million bet," 15 Oct. 2018 Then, in 2011, Fukushima happened and Milstein was convinced to abandon academia and pursue what has become StemRad. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Belt That Protects Against Gamma Radiation," 27 June 2018 Along the way we are given an insider’s look at the 1950s military-industrial complex and the ease and informality with which academia, the military, intelligence agencies and industry collaborated. Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "‘The Cryotron Files’ Review: Taking the Cold War to Subzero," 11 Oct. 2018 Although there are gains at less selective institutions, the colleges and universities that produce an outsized share of leaders in technology, law, academia, and business still have few Native American, black, and Latino students. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "How Undoing Affirmative Action Hurts America's Colleges," 5 July 2018 Jessie: Many fields in academia, including ethnomusicology, are guilty of this too. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 And yet somebody's got to do it — for academia, for curiosity, but mostly for companies searching for the next big thing to sell or invest in. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to See the Future," 15 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of academia

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academia

latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

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